Reviewer Instructions

The ILR Review is dedicated to providing timely and constructive feedback to authors. Your contribution to this process is invaluable. We appreciate your service to the profession and the time it takes to prepare a detailed report so that we may make an informed judgment about the readiness of the author's paper for inclusion in the journal.

If you believe that it may be inappropriate for you to review a manuscript we have sent, please feel free to contact the editor in charge of the paper to discuss this issue.

To provide timely feedback to authors, we ask that reviewer reports be completed in no more than 5 weeks. The evaluation should assess the quality of the research (theory development, methodological rigor, data quality, etc.), the importance of the contribution to the field (advancing theory, providing novel empirical findings), and the overall quality of the presentation (logic, organization, writing). Wherever possible, authors should also discuss the implications of their work for organizational or public policy. The five possible recommendations a referee can make:

  • Accept
  • Accept with minor revisions
  • Minor revisions required (R&R)
  • Major revisions required (R&R)
  • Reject

You will prepare a review for the authors and then write a separate letter to your liaising editor, in which you can be as candid as you want to be. The letter to the editor will be seen only by that editor. You will then upload both the report and the letter to the editor to the online system (SAGE track), using the same link given to you when the appraisal was requested of you. If you do not have that link, please contact your liaising editor.

If you have trouble accessing the paper you have been asked to review, if you do not know your login information, or if you are experiencing any other kind of difficulty, please contact the ILR Review staff at or the ScholarOne support team at, click "ask a question" at, or call 1-888-503-1050.

If you do not have a ScholarOne SAGE track account, you will need to create one. Go to Manuscript Central and follow the steps on the screen under Create an Account.